How do you get the best from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival? This year 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows from 48 countries in 294 venues across Edinburgh are planned. It’s impressive but exhausting too. So here are some top tips to make the most of your time and have the best fun.
Download the app
Instead of carrying heavy Edinburgh festival guides, lighten your load with the official app for the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You’ll find everything you want to know; nearby shows, listings and ticket features for any of the thousands of performances on offer. Download the app, here.
Plan to be spontaneous
Don’t get too serious with your planning – leave time to enjoy unexpected. The Travel Supermarket warns, “Choosing all the shows to see beforehand can bring out the comedy-killing operations and logistics manager in all of us!”
If you really like a show you will want to pop a donation in the tin. Also, there are some bars that are cash only, so be prepared. Rabbie’s Blog points out that it’s a good idea to visit an ATM before you hit the heart of Edinburgh as cash machines in the centre of town can run out of money.
Grab a Bargain
The top tip from Scotland Now is to check out the Virgin Money Half Price Hut and to keep an eye out for flyers offering discounts.
“One minute you are smugly strolling down The Mound in a t-shirt and the next flattened by a sweep of rain that a chill North Sea blast turns to ice on your wet cotton.” Scotland Now suggests to not to rely on British weather and remember to pack yourself a mac – with a hood.
Leave enough time
Queues are everywhere and the last thing you want to do is to be late for the show. The Telegraph says: “If you have consecutive shows in the same venue (but in different rooms), try to allow at least 10 minutes between them; for shows in entirely different venues, a minimum of 15 minutes; and, if you’ve got to get across town, leave at least 40 minutes.”
Hotel Indigo Edinburgh’s best piece of festival advice is to be brave; experiment and try-out something new. As Rabbie’s Blog says; “If you like heavy metal, go see a ballet; if you love a rap battle, go to a Shakespeare play.”